Best of the Weekend – Dec 10-11

Struggling champions returned to form in both Germany and England while UFC 206 in Toronto surprised everyone as we review the best of the sporting weekend…

Bayern ‘muller’ Wolfsburg

Those who were expressing doubts about Thomas Muller and Bayern’s form were answered emphatically over the weekend as the Bundesliga champs clicked back into gear with a 5-0 hammering of VfL Wolfsburg.

Muller ended what was probably his longest-ever goal drought just one-minute short of 1,000 minutes when he deflected home Arjen Robben’s shot in the 76th minute to help take Bayern back to the top of the table following Leipzig’s surprise loss to lowly FC Ingolstadt.

It was the perfect answer to Bayern’s critics, while Muller’s mate Robert Lewandowski also bagged a brace and now stands just one goal behind second-placed Giovane Elber (133) in the table of highest non-German scorers in the Bundesliga. Claudio Pizarro remains top with (190). Now we know why they’re trying to get him to sign a new contract!

Foxes rediscover their bite

Another team and goalscorer getting back into form were Leicester City and Jamie Vardy.

Leicester have been in dismal form domestically following their surprise Premier League win last season, while Vardy had gone even longer than Muller without a goal – 16 games to be precise.

It didn’t take long for all that to change however, as Vardy netted after just three minutes as he ran the Man City backline ragged and added two more strikes to complete a memorable hat-trick.

The treble was Vardy’s first for the Foxes. His last hat-trick came for Fleetwood in their game against Ebbsfleet on 21 February 2012.

UFC 206 – The gentlemanly edition

There was a bit of everything on show in Toronto on Saturday night as the UFC roadshow moved into town. Brutal power, respect, sportsmanship – the evening had it all.

In the power stakes, one had to hear to believe the sound made by Donald Cerrone’s brutal kick to the side of Matt Brown’s head, as the blow sent Cerrone’s former training partner to the canvas in an epic knockout finish.

Earlier on in the night Misha Cirkunov surprised everyone when he bowed to his defeated opponent Nikita Krylov after he had been forced to tap out of a guillotine choke hold. Respect!

Misha Cirkunov pays respect to Nikita Krylov #ufc206 @mmafightingdotcom

A photo posted by Esther Lin (@allelbows) on Dec 10, 2016 at 7:10pm PST

Then in the main event Max Holloway displayed sportsmanship of the highest order, paying his respects to defeated opponent Anthony Pettis instead of the usual gloating and bragging.

Is this what happens when you hold the UFC in Canada?

Feng triumphs in the Dubai wind

There’s no stopping China’s Feng Shanshan.

Five shots off the lead going into the final round of the Omega Ladies Masters in Dubai, she proceeded to shoot an outstanding eight-under par 64 to grab victory, finishing on 10-under par, two shots ahead of her nearest rival England’s Charley Hull.

The victory was Feng’s fourth in five years in Dubai, including the last three tournaments in succession on a course she obviously likes.

The in-form Feng has now won three of her last four events.